Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy, managed a Q&A sit down with former Flyer and new Washington Capital Mike Knuble. And although Mike didn’t discuss his time in Philly much, he still hit on what reaction he hopes to get upon his return to the Wachovia Center on Oct. 6.
“I don’t know,” Knuble said, when asked if he would be booed. “Maybe there’d be a smattering of boos. I hope not. I think I gave Philly a few good years.”
Knuble was the consummate professional in his four years in Philly. He wasn’t the fastest skater, nor did he have the best hands, but he brought it every night, played through injuries and was consistent. There is no doubt the 37-year old played the game the way it was meant to be played. And for that, there is nothing but respect from Flyers’ fans.
Mike left the flyers with no ill-will. He gave General Manager Paul Holmgren every chance to match any offer received from other clubs. But with the Flyers stuck in limited cap space hell, it made it impossible to match Washington’s offer of two ears, $2.8 million per.
Philly fans may not have the best reputation when it comes to treating opposing players with respect. But Flyers’ fans especially respect the game and the people who play it right. Because of that, not only will Knuble not be booed upon his return, but will may very well receive a nice ovation.
That is until he scores.